Snow Patrol news & community since 2008. ‘I would be dead by now’: Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody says he could have suffered the same tragic fate as late superstar DJ Avicii

He’s been open about his on-going battle with addiction and depression.

And now Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has admitted to The Daily Telegraphon Sunday, that he could have suffered the same tragic fate as the late superstar DJ Avicii.

The troubled Swedish hitmaker – real name Tim Bergling – was found dead last month in Oman’s port capital Muscat.

Confirmed by his family, the EDM producer, 28, took his own life after a long-term battle with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Having struggled with similar demons, Gary was rocked by the shocking tragedy.

‘One hundred per cent, that would be me,’ he told The Daily Telegraph, adding: ‘I would be dead by now.’

Gary continued: ‘[When I heard the news] I became very emotional. I didn’t know him at all. But I felt very connected to him. It’s heartbreaking when that happens.

‘I am very grateful that didn’t happen to me but it’s very sad that it did happen to him.’

After a string of chart-topping hits with Snow Patrol including Run, Just Say Yes and Open Your Eyes, the 41-year-old spiraled into a black hole of addition and substance abuse.

Unable to focus on new material since the release of 2011 album, Fallen Empires, it took a shocking seizure days before his 40th birthday to force Gary to confront his demons for good.

It was a wake-up call for Gary who quit alcohol immediately after, thanks to support from friends including bandmate Johnny McDaid and his fiancée, Courteney Cox.

Despite his health woes, the Northern Irish performer still wrote music for a selection of A-list stars including Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.

But Gary admits the ‘co-writes’ were just distractions from producing new material for his band.

Snow Patrol’s new album, Wildness is out now.

If you’re struggling with mental health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636. 

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